Only six per cent of children and young people, whose checks are being recorded, are getting all of the recommended diabetes care, services and support they are entitled to. So it comes as no surprise that over 85 per cent of children and young people over the age of 12 have blood glucose levels higher than the recommended targets.
That’s why we want to make parents, young people, healthcare professionals, parliamentarians and commissioners aware of the support that all children and young people who have Type 1 diabetes should be receiving.
To do this, we’ve produced a handy guide, the Type 1 essentials for children and young people. It helps parents to understand what good care looks like, and lets them know what to do if their child isn’t getting the care they’re entitled to.
What are the Type 1 essentials for children and young people?
The Type 1 essentials for children and young people outline the 10 things any parent should expect from their child’s diabetes care. It includes the care, checks and help that the child or family need to make sure their condition is managed well – in hospital, school and wider society.
You can find out more information about all 10 essentials on our page for children, young people with diabetes and their families.
You can also download the 10 essentials (PDF, 285KB) to print yourself.
What if you’re not getting the 10 essentials?
If you’re not receiving any one or more of the 10 essentials, you should take the guide to your diabetes team and discuss it with them. Find out more about what to do if you’re not getting the 10 essentials.
If you have any questions or worries about the Type 1 essentials for children and young people, you can call our helpline.
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